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A Lancashire half-century

Mark Smithers reports on the West Lancashire Light Railway, a family-friendly operation which has just celebrated its 50th anniversary after starting from humble beginnings in 1967.  IN 1878, the standard-gauge West Lancashire Railway was opened from Southport to Hesketh Bank, with a through connection to Preston following in 1882. This line

Scottish timber is back on the rails

TIMBER traffic is returning to Scottish railways this week, after a gap of more than a decade during which all timber was carried by road. The Scottish Government has allocated £195,000 to Victa Railfreight for a six-week trial of timber trains in the far north of Scotland. There will be up to

Life after COVID-19: Lessons from past pandemics

With lockdown restrictions easing slightly in UK, this is perhaps a time to reflect on the past months, and look forward to what a world could look like once the COVID-19 pandemic has gone, if ever. Life after COVID-19 investigates past epidemics and their aftermath, seeking to draw parallels with the

East West Rail takes new steps further east

A BUSINESS case for improving train services between Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich is to be developed by consultants on behalf of the East West Rail Consortium, as an addition to the plans for reopening the former Varsity Line between Oxford, Bedford and Cambridge. Work to complete the section between Oxford and

PREVIEW: August edition of The Railway Magazine

Britain’s best-selling rail title The Railway Magazine is back for another month of award-winning photos, news, features and exclusives from the rail industry, past and present. This month’s The Railway Magazine covers the devastating news about the COVID-19 pandemic as the rail industry is hit hard, as train companies thank the

£40m Stevenage station platform opens for services

Photo: Network Rail Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has announced the opening of a new £40 million platform and track at Stevenage station. Construction work on the project has been accelerated and delivered more than a year ahead of the revised schedule. Rail passengers will benefit from more frequent and reliable services as well